Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center has announced the official opening of the hospital’s in-patient Pediatric Psychiatric Department in the 7-floor self-contained Mental Health Wing.
The Department caters to children between the ages of 12 and 18 and includes two separate wards: one for girls and one for boys. Heading the department is Dr Leonid Kikinzon, a psychiatrist who has worked in several major Israeli hospitals, and the author of several scientific papers.
“This is the only facility in the world that provides psychiatric treatment in a completely gender-separated facility”. Says Dr. Kikinzon. “Until now, Ultra-Orthodox teenagers treated in hospitals designed for secular patients could not maintain their cultural sensitivities and values. Families were reluctant to send their children to secular hospitals. With the opening of our new pediatric psychiatric department, these teenagers can now be treated in an appropriate environment that respects their cultural background.”
Children entering the department receive an immediate psychiatric exam and assessment, and a unique treatment plan is created for each young patient. According to Professor Rael Straus, the chief psychiatrist and medical director of the Mental Health Wing, the healing process is expedited when patients know that the place where they are hospitalized will also address their cultural sensitivities.
Following a recent visit to the Mental Health Wing by a team of quality inspectors from the Scientific Council of the Israel Medical Association, Mayanei Hayeshua has been informed that the Association would be recommending that the psychiatric services be granted full recognition. The Scientific Council’s inspectors were particularly impressed with the facilities, the staff and the treatment programs,
This recognition from the Israel Medical Association paves the way for Mayanei Hayeshua to seek approval from Israel’s Health Ministry to eventually offer psychiatry residency training.